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  1. careless, untidy, or slovenly: slipshod work.
  2. down-at-heel; seedy; shabby.
  3. Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel.
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Origin of slipshod

First recorded in 1570–80; slip1 + shod
Related formsslip·shod·ness, slip·shod·di·ness, noun


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  • In Paris, the slipshod condition of the army had been publicly denounced.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Sick of slipshod morality, men were sending for their wives and children.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The slipshod Russian way of handling things gets on his nerves.

  • It's a job that cannot be done in slipshod, haphazard manner.

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.

British Dictionary definitions for slipshod


  1. (of an action) negligent; careless
  2. (of a person's appearance) slovenly; down-at-heel
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Derived Formsslipshoddiness or slipshodness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from slip 1 + shod
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Word Origin and History for slipshod


1570s, "wearing slippers or loose shoes," from slip (v.) + shod "wearing shoes." Sense of "slovenly, careless" is from 1815, probably from the notion of appearing like one in slippers, or whose shoes are down at the heels.

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